As we navigate the pandemic, it is important to be equipped with relaxation techniques to combat the increases in anxiety and other mental health conditions. Here are some of our favourites.
Deep breathing -
With its focus on full, cleansing breaths, deep breathing is a simple yet powerful relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing elements such as aromatherapy and music. While apps and audio downloads can guide you through the process, all you really need is a few minutes and a place to sit quietly or stretch out.
This relaxation technique can help relieve pain and stress. Common areas to massage include, head, neck and shoulders. Using your hands and fingers, pressing firmly and rubbing these these locations can help release any unwanted tension.
Meditations that cultivate mindfulness have long been used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions. Some of these practices bring you into the present by focusing your attention on a single repetitive action, such as your breathing or a few repeated words. Other forms of mindfulness meditation encourage you to follow and then release internal thoughts or sensations. Mindfulness can also be applied to activities such as walking, exercising, or eating.
Mindful Exercise -
The idea of exercising may not sound particularly soothing, but rhythmic exercise that gets you into a flow of repetitive movement can produce the relaxation response. This can include, running, swimming, walking, and dancing.